At the January 13, 2015 Oakland Township Board meeting, one of the agenda items was a discussion about the decision and authority to cancel the televising of the September 29, 2014 Board meeting(s). It has previously been reported that Supervisor Gonser had cancelled the taping and televising of the meetings. In those meetings, our former Township Manager, Ann Capela had first been fired, and later allowed to quit. Many of the Board members did not agree with Gonser’s decision to cancel the taping of the meeting based on the resultant lack of transparency to our citizens. They also questioned his authority to have made that decision.
When confronted with the facts about the cancellation, Supervisor Gonser acknowledged that he did call CMNtv to cancel the televising of the meetings, but then attempted to justify that decision by saying he was trying to protect Ann Capela reputation. He made no apology for making the decision nor for lying to the Press. In the September 29th meeting, both he and Trustee Thalmann were the only two Board members to not support firing Ann Capela.
The author of this post confronted Gonser in the meeting by saying that his rationale for not televising the meeting was NOT justification for lying to the Press when he said:
“It (the special meeting) was posted late on the website Sunday afternoon. There was no time to get the meeting televised.”
Here are the key video portions of this meeting regarding this issue:
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Townhip? Most of the citizens of Oakland Township do not accept or condone Gonser’s lying in the Press (there was at least one citizen at the January 13 meeting who appeared to accept Gonser’s explanation).
This is not the first time that there has been documentation that our Supervisor has lied to the public. One previous example was reported on this website where Gonser stated he had sent a letter requesting an opinion from our State Attorney General “as an individual”. The letter he referred to was written 8 days AFTER he made that public statement.
Gonser’s lack of understanding that his rationale for making the decision is not justification for lying to the Press. This is proof that his value system is based on “the end justifies the means”.
Gonser appears to subscribe to Machiavellian and Nixonian principles.
This post is one of several that support the actions taken by our Township Board at the January 13th meeting to try to stop Gonser’s many unauthorized decisions.